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LEGO Safe

Household Hacker's Dylan Hart shows how to build a functional safe using only LEGO bricks. Hart says: "We will be creating a hidden drawer inside a lego block that will not draw suspicion. By attaching some magnets to our final project we can create a safe only accessible if you know where the internal magnet is." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone dancing to the beat of a real car alarm.

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Awesome Mix Guardians of the Galaxy

Buying the CD version of "Awesome Mix: Vol. 1" just isn't enough for some fans, so why not make your own version that doubles as an MP3 player? That's exactly what Instructables user "BrittLiv" did, and the resulting device is something worthy to be placed in Marvel's next installment. On a related note, did you know that the soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart? Continue reading for more pictures and a link to the actual instructions page.

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Pocket Solar Charger

Sure, many gadgets today have built-in lithium-ion batteries, but for those that still require them, rechargeable is the way to go, as they save both money and reduce hazardous waste. Unfortunately, many require charging times in excess of 4 hours. So, Instructables user Shawn Frayne decided to show the internet how to create a pocket-sized solar battery charger using just a playing card and some supplies. Continue reading for a video and the instructions.

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Don't have a pool and can't find a local YMCA or gym? Well, there's always the option of building your own giant water blob at home. Simply put, a water blob is basically a large piece of plastic sheeting that's filled with water. When completed, it makes a cool, dry play surface for all ages. Want extra cooling? Turn on a sprinkler and place the blob nearby to transform it into a Slip'N Slide of sorts. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Always wanted your own airsoft machine gun, but don't want to shell out the money for a real weapon? This video is just for you, as all you'll need to build your own is: a Soda Bottle, 5/16" x 8" Automotive Brake Line, 1/4" Quick Release Air Compressor Fitting, and an Air Compressor Blow Gun. Continue reading for a video.

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Tired of regular bowls? Then why not make your own chocolate bowls? All you need are some standard balloons, melted chocolate (any variety would work), and you're ready to go. These are great for ice cream and possibly a few other frozen snacks. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Sometimes, showering after a long day out is just not possible, without stepping into a hotel, that is unless...you make your own portable shower. If you follow these 6 easy steps, smelling fresh after a long hike, extended sports sessions, etc., will be easier than ever. Continue reading for the tutorial.

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Windex fans rejoice! This simple hack will enable you to use every last ounce of liquid in a spray bottle, without needing to open the top and pour the last few ounces out. Simply put as possible, "by replacing the hard suction tube with flexible tubing and adding a weight to the end of it, the suction tube will naturally fall to the lowest point of the container; this will allow end of the tube to stay submerged regardless of how the bottle is positioned." Continue reading for a video tutorial and more information.

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In KipKay's latest tutorial, you'll learn how to "turn a MiniMag flashlight into a powerful DVD laser pointer -- this 245mw laser is powerful and fits real cozy in a MiniMag." Video after the break.

As you know...lasers can be dangerous. Never point them at any living object!T his is not a toy, and this should not be used like a conventional laser pointer.
[via Instructables]

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In this tutorial, we learn "how to hack a simple flashlight and transform it into a night vision flashlight -- items needed for the project cost less than $10 and you get perfect night vision." Video after the break.

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